Path to Publishing Workshop - Completing the First Draft: Making Your Book a Reality

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Sunday, October 11, 2015 • 1:00 - 4:00pm

$50 (Path to Publishing Members) or $100 (General Public)

Calling All Writers!

Path to Publishing works with recognized authors, publishers, editors and mentors to assist writers at the key junctures of getting a book to press. In particular, our Path to Publishing Mentors, a group of well-known authors/experts representing all genres, play an important role in guiding new writers. Path to Publishing helps fiction writers explore ideas through character or plot, and assist non-fiction writers with the concept of an outline and creating a book proposal. 

12:30 – 1:00       

1:00 – 1:10
Welcome & Introduction – Sam Barry, Director, Path to Publishing
1:10 – 2:00
You Have An Idea. Now What? What’s the best way to approach writing a book—outline? Dive in? Are there techniques for building a better story or more well-organized nonfiction book?
2:00 – 2:45
Just Do It—But How?  How to stay motivated and complete a manuscript. Should you have readers along the way?
2:45 – 3:00

3:00 -  4:00 

More Than Writing: Laying the Groundwork for Success. Writing a good book isn’t enough. Building a platform, finding your fan base, and developing a public profile.  

Wine and Cheese on the Patio

Path to Publishing Faculty

Candice Fuhrman: Founder/owner of her literary agency that represents high-quality literary fiction and a wide range of nonfiction subjects. The agency has represented 12 New York Times bestsellers and 25 San Francisco Chronicle bestsellers. She is a Path to Publishing Mentor.



Nina Schuyler: A teacher of creative writing at the University of San Francisco, her novel The Translator, was shortlisted for the 2014 William Saroyan International Prize and chosen by The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 100 recommended books of 2013. She is a Path to Publishing Mentor.



Martha Conway: Her novel, Thieving Forest, won the 2014 North American Book Award in Historical Fiction and Silver Medal in Historical Fiction in the Independent Publishers Awards, She teaches creative writing at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio and UC Berkeley Extension. She is also a Path to Publishing member.



Jan Johnson: Publisher emeritus at Red Wheel/Weiser Books/Conari Press and a writer/publishing project management consultant that includes work with middle readers and nonfiction authors. She is a Path to Publishing Mentor.


For questions about the workshop, finding a publishing mentor, scheduling a meeting with Sam, or to learn more about the Path to Publishing program, contact Sam Barry at or call 415-927-0960, ext. 256.